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27 November 2012 Last updated at 19:00

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  1. 1900: 

    That is all from Sportsday Live today. Plenty of football tonight so be sure to head over to our live text commentary for all the goals as they go in.

    As for Sportsday, we will be back from 0800 GMT tomorrow in readiness for another day of sports news. Thanks for all your contributions and have a good evening.

  2. 1854: 

    Courtney Lawes is confirmed in England's 23-man squad for Saturday's international against New Zealand at Twickenham.

    The Northampton lock, who made his comeback from a knee injury in the Saints' Aviva Premiership win against London Welsh on Saturday, has replaced Mouritz Botha. The only other change to England's matchday squad from last weekend's 16-15 defeat to South Africa is in the inclusion of uncapped Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns in place of the injured Toby Flood.

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm his starting XV on Thursday morning but he is expected to make only one change, with Owen Farrell due to replace Flood at fly-half.

  3. 1850: 

    Referees' union Prospect welcomes the statement by Chelsea and Professional Game Match Officials Ltd in relation to the club's handling of the Mark Clattenburg racism allegation.

    A statement reads: "Prospect National Secretary Alan Leighton said the use of the word "regrets" in relation to the swift issue of the club's statement publicising the allegation on the evening of the match, and in relation to the impact on Mark and his family, were tantamount to and accepted by Mark and the Select Group as an apology. Importantly the statement also refers to Chelsea's willingness to welcome Mark back to Stamford Bridge.

    "Prospect had called for Chelsea to pay compensation to Mark but has now dropped that demand on the basis that Mark has received the response that he sought. Mark now looks forward to returning to his love of refereeing."

  4. 1843: 

    Lazio players will wear anti-racism shirts during their game against Udinese tonight, the Rome-based club announce.

    Tottenham fan Ashley Mills was left fighting for his life last week after he was stabbed on the eve of his team's Europa League game against Lazio in the Italian capital.

    Lazio insist their fans were not behind the attack and two supporters of the club's rivals Roma have since been charged with attempted murder.

  5. 1838: 

    Live text commentary on Sunderland v QPR (19:45 GMT) and Aston Villa v Reading (20:00 GMT) is up and running on the BBC Sport website There is also a full programme of Championship games as well three Scottish Premier League fixtures.

    Don't forget, live radio commentary on Sunderland/QPR is on BBC Radio 5 live, with Aston Villa/Reading on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  6. 1830: 

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  7. 1822: 

    Bath sign Argentina international Eusebio Guinazu and former Scarlets back rower Mat Gilbert.

    Guinazu, who covers both hooker and prop, has signed a contract to keep him at The Rec until 2014.

    Gilbert, 26, made 15 appearances for Scarlets before moving to Mogliano in Italy and has won 11 caps for the England deaf rugby team. He has been offered a deal at the Premiership club until the end of the season.

  8. 1818: 

    Uefa bans Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano for one Champions League match for a lack of fair play in scoring against Nordsjaelland.

    Uefa's disciplinary panel found the Brazilian forward guilty of "violation of the principles of conduct" in Denmark last week. He was also ordered to "perform one full day of community football service."

    Luiz Adriano will miss a home match against Juventus on 5 December which will decide if the Ukrainian champion is seeded in the knockout draw.

  9. 1812: 

    Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson resigns from his position on the Scottish Premier League's board.

    Thompson quit his role citing "professional differences", amid ongoing wide-ranging discussions for the reform of the Scottish game, with SPL clubs preparing to meet next Monday to discuss reconstruction proposals.

    He becomes the third member of the SPL board to step down in recent months, after St Johnstone's Steve Brown and Derek Weir of Motherwell stood down in July.

  10. 1804: 

    European football's governing body are considering scrapping the Europa League in favour of extending the Champions League, UEFA president Michel Platini tells daily Ouest-France.

    Asked about possible plans to extend the elite Champions League at the expense of the second-tier Europa League, Platini says: "There is an ongoing debate to determine what form the European competitions will have between 2015 and 2018.

    "We're discussing it, we will make a decision in 2014. Nothing is decided yet."

  11. 1755: 

    Andy Farrell says his "fearless" young England side can record a significant milestone in their development by beating world champions New Zealand on Saturday.

    England head into their final autumn Test on the back of narrow defeats by Australia and South Africa.

    But assistant coach Farrell believes England can upset the odds and beat New Zealand, saying: "They are beatable. This [England] group is fearless, it could certainly be a great milestone."

  12. 1750: 

    New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter believes he will be fit and available to play England this weekend.

    Carter hurt his right calf in training last Thursday and had to withdraw from the All Blacks side which beat Wales 33-10 in Cardiff on Saturday. But he thinks he'll be fit to play at Twickenham in their last tour match.

    "The plan was to get through training and it was pretty light today, I didn't go over 50 percent. I got through it well," says Carter.

  13. 1744: 

    Two Premier League games tonight with Sunderland hosting Harry Redknapp's QPR and Reading travelling to Aston Villa.

    Live text commentary on both games will be on the website from 18:30 GMT while we will have radio commentary for both games. For Sunderland v QPR, tune into BBC Radio 5 live, while for Aston Villa v Reading, listen in on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  14. 1737: 

    A chicken salad has managed to do what none of his opponents has recently achieved in the boxing ring - to floor world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

    The 36-year-old heavyweight champion was laid low for several days last week after eating a chicken salad in a Hamburg restaurant in the fashionable St Pauli district, reports German daily Bild.

  15. 1733: 

    Bristol City sign Guernsey FC midfielder Rhys Jordan with a view to playing the teenager in their development squad.

    The 18-year-old makes the move across the English Channel having been scouted in the Combined Counties League, where he played seven games for Guernsey.

  16. 1729: 

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes McLaren's 2013 aspirations have been weakened by the loss of Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes.

    Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, where Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel secured his third straight world title, was Hamilton's last as a McLaren driver and marked the end of his 14-year working relationship with the Woking-based team.

    "I think McLaren is a weaker team without Lewis," says Horner. "I think McLaren would admit that. Lewis is an outstanding driver and in Lewis and Jenson they had a hugely strong driver line-up."

  17. 1720: 

    Springbok lock Bakkies Botha extends his contract at Toulon until June 2015, the Top 14 side announce on its website.

    The 33-year-old, capped 76 times for South Africa, has impressed since he arrived at the Stade Mayol in December, 2011 with the side rising to the top of the elite top division.

    Botha played for the Springboks at last year's World Cup in New Zealand, but he was not included in new coach Heyneke Meyer's touring squad for November's Test matches in Europe.

  18. 1710: 

    More from the joint statement: "The referees accept that, given Chelsea FC had received a good faith claim from one of their employees, the club had an obligation under FA rules to report the allegation.

    "There was recognition by all parties that the impartiality and integrity of refereeing in this country remains paramount. Chelsea FC made it clear they would welcome Mark Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge in the future and PGMOL would have no issue in appointing him to a Chelsea FC match going forward.

    "It was a thoroughly professional meeting. All parties now believe it is time to draw a line under this incident, learn from it and move on for the good of all Premier League clubs, players and match officials."

  19. 1708: 

    The joint statement reads: "Following the completion of the investigation by The FA into the case involving Chelsea FC and Mark Clattenburg, the Premier League and Chelsea FC requested, and PGMOL agreed, to meet in order to discuss the issues surrounding the reporting of the allegation.

    The Select Group appreciated the opportunity to speak to Bruce Buck personally. His willingness to engage and answer all the questions put to him was welcomed. There was a constructive and open discussion.

    "The club regrets not having given more consideration before issuing a statement on the evening of Sunday 28th October. The club also regrets the subsequent impact the intense media scrutiny had on Mark Clattenburg and his family."

  20. 1705: 

    Chelsea express regret over the club's handling of the Mark Clattenburg racism allegation in a joint statement issued with the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd and the Premier League.

  21. 1703: 

    According to reports, Dutch coach Guus Hiddink is to retire at the end of the season, even if his club Anzhi achieve their goal of qualifying for the Champions League.

  22. 1656: 

    Neil Lennon regrets his bust-up with Celtic fans but will continue to back his players when he feels criticism is unjustified.

    He says: "If I think it is unjustified I will voice my opinion. I know it is difficult for fans because they are passionate about the team and want them to do well but sometimes it doesn't help."

  23. 1655: 

    Good news for Southampton, Rickie Lambert has overcome a knock and should feature in against Norwich on Wednesday.

    Saints' top scorer picked up the leg injury in the 2-0 defeat of Newcastle but trained today and should be involved against the Canaries.

  24. 1650: 

    Chris Froome is set to lead Team Sky's bid for next year's Tour de France instead of this year's winner Bradley Wiggins.

    Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford says: "It does look as though the plan going into next year, which has still not completely been signed off, is that the Tour of Italy would be a very good target for Bradley and leave Froomy then to focus on the Tour de France."

  25. 1644: 

    Jake Waring on Twitter: "Not as excited for Arry's first game as I am for his first 'Car Window Interview'."

    Simon Aindow on Twitter: "QPR's away record this term is slightly better than at home. Could be a belter."

  26. 1639: 

    Everton manager David Moyes believes Arsenal are benefiting from the years of Mikel Arteta's development spent under his guidance.

    The Spaniard left Goodison Park for the Gunners in a £10m deal on the final day of the summer transfer window last year after six years playing with the Toffees.

    Moyes says: "He is a very gifted footballer, he is a great lad to work with."

  27. 1635: 

    Olympic rowing champion Katharine Grainger has been backed to go for gold again at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 at the age of 40.

    Rowing's performance director Dave Tanner says: "It's a life decision. If you are 21 then fine, but if you are 37... she's a very talented lady so she can do other things, but she has still got the bug in her."

  28. 1630: 

    New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter is surprised by England's lack of progress after 2003 when he recalls them "teaching us a lesson".

    Since losing 15-13 in Wellington nine years ago to Sir Clive Woodward's World Cup winning team, the All Blacks have won all nine meetings between the rivals.

    Carter says: "I'm surprised England haven't done more since 2003. They've shown the strength of their side only in patches since then. Maybe consistency is what's been lacking. They've got the players, so talent's not an issue. They can beat any side on their day."

  29. 1625: 

    Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini returns from suspension to face Arsenal at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

  30. 1619: 

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke receives messages of support from Jose Mourinho but insists he is his own person when it comes to management. Clarke worked as number two to Mourinho at Chelsea.

    He received a text from Real Madrid supremo Mourinho ahead of Saturday's 4-2 win at Sunderland offering encouragement.

    He says: "There were some good things in it although it's private between me and Jose. But it was about encouragement and just to keep going and to keep working."

  31. 1613: 

    Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool have to look like they have half a chance of Champions League football if they are to attract top-quality players.

    He says: "Obviously a lot of players want to be in the Champions League so if they want to come in here that is an area we want to get into in the coming years."

  32. 1609: 

    Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United to pay special attention to Andy Carroll went West Ham arrive at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Carroll scored his first goal of the season at Tottenham on Sunday.

    And Rooney says: "Andy Carroll is a handful. He is physical and makes it hard for opponents.

    "That type of player doesn't always get all the goals but they can cause trouble up front and create problems."

  33. 1604: 

    Adam Choi on Twitter: "Re Simaxo at 1541: Martin O'Neill a good manager? 4 wins in his last 25 league games would suggest otherwise."

    Simon Douglas on Twitter: "When #'Arry joined Saints, we were 2-0 up in 1st game then drew 2-2. Confidence killed. Similar result tonight = #QPR down."

    Richard Knight on Twitter: "Sunderland v QPR is a massive game, Harry's first and possibly Martin's last if he loses it!"

  34. 1559: 

    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez believes Fernando Torres was at his peak at Liverpool.

    And he is tipping the striker to return to his best.

    Benitez says: "Torres' form is not the same now as when he was at his maximum but I think he can come back."

  35. 1555: 

    Andy Farrell insists England are in "a great place" as they crank up their preparations to face world champions New Zealand on the back of two defeats.

    He says: "They have played against two very good teams and the reality of the South Africa game was that we were the best team.

    "You can't not be in a good place when you review the game in its entirety."

  36. 1550:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC coverage

    Don't forget there's full commentary of Sunderland against QPR from 1900 on 5 Live Sport tonight whilst Aston Villa's game with Reading is covered from 1945 on Sports Extra.

  37. 1546: 

    England Women will play one Ashes Test match, a NatWest Women's Series and a NatWest Women's International T20 Series against Australia next summer.

    The August Test gives England a chance to reclaim the women's Ashes after losing them in Bankstown, Sydney in 2011.

  38. 1541: 

    Sunil Parmar on Twitter: "Not jumping on this ''Arry is a saviour' bandwagon. Lot of work to do and he's no miracle worker. #QPR to still go down."

    Simaxo Ben Blevec on Twitter: "Quite surprised to read that everyone is expecting a win from QPR. Let's not forget Martin O'neill is a good manager too..."

    Philip Airson on Twitter: "QPR fans getting a bit too cocky today. Hopefully we will finally click and sneak a win tonight."

    Tell us your views on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  39. 1535: 

    Brazil are planning to re-appoint 2002 World Cup-winning coach Felipe Scolari as the replacement for sacked Mano Meneze, according to the Brazilian media.

    The former Chelsea boss is seen as the best candidate to lead the team in the 2014 World Cup being held in Brazil.

  40. 1531: 

    Rafael Benitez refuses to apologise for his controversial comments about Chelsea during his time at Liverpool once again in a press conference.

    The new Chelsea manager is expected to face more flak from fans in Wednesday's clash with Fulham.

    He says: "I'm here now, it's my club, and I will do my best for them. I will try to defend my club, and this is now my club."

  41. 1526: 

    Lewis Powell on Twitter: "Sunderland have been shocking! Harry will lead QPR to a win and safety in May! Sunderland, Villa and Reading for drop!!"

    Alex Brown "Man for man QPR are a better side than Sunderland. If 'Arry can inspire some confidence QPR should win comfortably!"

  42. 1519: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway on Twitter: "Goal line technology at Club World Cup next month just "two steps away" say FIFA. Project agreements signed by providers Hawkeye and Goalref.

  43. 1513: 

    Australia batsman Ricky Ponting will be given a chance to improve his form before the Ashes, says coach Mickey Arthur.

    The former captain has scored only 20 runs in his last three innings.

    Arthur said: "At the moment, Ricky has the unanimous backing of the selection panel. We want him to go to the Ashes, there is no doubt."

  44. 1508: 

    Banned Fulham skipper Brede Hangeland is out of Wednesday's west London derby clash at Chelsea.

    Also missing is Alex Kacaniklic, Bryan Ruiz and Kieran Richardson (all hamstring) and Simon Davies (hip).

  45. 1503: 

    Greg Matthews on Twitter: "You just get the feeling that with the 'Redknapp factor' there's no other possible result than a QPR win."

    Alex Smith on Twitter: "A draw for Redknapp tonight, Sunderland are in shocking form and he needs time to adapt."

    Phil Broeders on Twitter: "No wonder the Premier League is so popular. Every game has its own soap opera plot. What will happen next!"

    Tell us your views on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  46. 1458: 

    Former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Mueller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year will stand for a little longer after Barcelona decided to rest Lionel Messi for a midweek outing in the King's Cup against lowly Alaves.

    Messi is three goals short of the tally Mueller set in 1972.

  47. 1452: 

    Tottenham are boosted by the news midfielder Sandro has been passed fit for Wednesday's game against Liverpool despite being carried off on a stretcher with a stomach injury against West Ham.

    Mousa Dembele may start his first game in over a month after overcoming a hip problem, but Emmanuel Adebayor is suspended.

  48. 1447: 

    Alex Capp on Twitter: "I think Arry first game is a perfect one definately one to see what he needs to do with the squad and what to change."

    PJ Lopez on Twitter: "Arry' is the man to do this for QPR. He commands respect and when he speaks players listen. First win for QPR tonight I think."

    Montana Bramble on Twitter: " As a Spurs fan I wish Harry all the best but I just think luck with bottom clubs may have just run out. Too many egos @ QPR."

  49. 1442: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Jack Wilshere to show his commitment to the club by signing a new contract.

    Wenger says: "He has always been very committed to this club and I hope he will show that.

    "There is only one way to show that and it is to commit your long-term future to the club."

  50. 1437: 

    Mark Allum on Twitter: "I'm expecting a good performance by QPR tonight, Harry won`t put up with the slackers. COYR`S

    James Johnson on Twitter: "He has to keep in the grey haired Derry. Is a work horse and made a different against UTD. MIssed him this year."

    Alec Cane "Please play Park. Please do not play Hill."

  51. 1430: 

    Let's not forget Aston Villa. They are facing a crunch clash with Reading tonight. Do you think Paul Lambert's men are real candidates for relegation? Tell us your views on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  52. 1425: 

    Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Sam Allardyce is not getting the credit he deserves.

    Ahead of the two team's meeting on Wednesday night, he said: "What was his mandate? To get them up into the Premier League as quickly as possible and he got them up within a year. Tell me someone else who could've done that.

    "He's very underrated, it's as simple as that."

  53. 1421: 

    As Harry Redknapp prepares for his first game as QPR boss at Sunderland tonight. Can he land a win in his first game? Tell us your views on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  54. 1416: 

    Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye and defender Steven Taylor are out of action until February.

    Cabaye had an operation in Paris on Monday to try and cure a groin injury but needs more surgery.

    Taylor damaged his hamstring during Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Southampton.

    Manager Alan Pardew says: "We are probably looking at February 1 for both Yohan and Steven, so we might as well get the bad news out of the way, because that's what it is, and just focus on what is important, and that's what we have got left."

  55. 1411: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez refuses to shut up shop against Champions Manchester City on Wednesday.

    He says: "I am not a manager that looks for a clean sheet. I am looking for a win."

  56. 1405: 

    Harry Redknapp takes charge of his first game at QPR tonight when Rangers travel to Sunderland. Can he land a win in his first game? Tell us on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  57. 1400: 

    Worcestershire's New Road ground has once again been flooded after the heavy rainfall that affected much of the country in the last few days.

    The ground suffered a similar fate in 2007, and no cricket was possible there for the final three months of the season.

    Worcestershire are confident they will be able to fully function in the off-season, however, as their administrative operation has been relocated to the Cricket Suite, while a temporary bridge has been built to provide access to the Graeme Hick Pavilion.


    Thomas Halsey on Twitter: "There's no point complaining about omissions from Sports Personality list if you can't say who should have missed out to make room."

    Thomas Pope on Twitter: "Ian Poulter's Ryder Cup inspiration, his eccentric manner and dress sense, makes him the most glaring omission from this list."

    Anthony Tas Tasgal on Twitter: "Too early for Rafa Benitez?"

  59. 1352: 

    Striker Danny Graham will miss Swansea's Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday through illness.

    Graham sat out Sunday's draw with Liverpool having become ill after the 2-1 win at Newcastle on 17 November and will not be fit to face the Baggies.

    Luke Moore is back after suffering from the same illness, while Jonathan de Guzman is a doubt with a hamstring problem.


    The 2012 BBC Sports Personality winner will be decided by a public phone vote on the evening of Sunday, 16 December.

    A live show starts at 19:30 GMT on BBC One, with a sell-out 15,000 crowd watching at the ExCel in London.

  61. 1344: 

    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez hopes that Fernando Torres can get close to the performance levels he showed under his management at Liverpool between 2007 and 2010.

    "The first thing is to give him some confidence, give him instructions what he can do in a different way and improve him and the rest of the team a little bit physically," Benitez, 52, says.

    "It is not exactly same now as he was maximum level at this time but I think he can come back. How close, I don't know - it depends also on the rest of the team. I think he can improve but the team has to help him."

  62. 1338: 

    Arsenal Ladies have been drawn against Italian side ASD Torres CF in the quarter-finals of this season's Women's Champions League.

    Laura Harvey's side will be at home in the first leg of the tie, which is to be played on either 20 or 21 March, with the return game on 27 or 28 March.

  63. 1332: 

    Northumbria Police launch an investigation after a supporter allegedly aimed a racist gesture at West Bromwich Albion striker Romelu Lukaku during Saturday's Premier League match with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

    "We are carrying out inquiries after a report of racist abuse was received at the Sunderland versus West Brom match on Saturday," a police statement confirms.


    There are seven men and five women on the Sports Personality shortlist, which has been extended to 12 from 10 to mark a memorable year.

    A new nominations process has been introduced after the BBC was criticised when no women made the list last year.

  65. 1323: 

    New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter is confident he will be fit for Saturday's match with England at Twickenham.

    Carter missed last Saturday's 33-10 win over Wales with Achilles and calf problems, but expects to return for the All Blacks' final match of the year.

    "Hopefully I'll be ready, nothing's changed over the last couple of days. The plan was to get through training and it was pretty light today," he says.

  66. 1318: 

    Midfielder Jordan Henderson is keen to keep his place in the Liverpool line-up against Tottenham on Wednesday, after two successive starts against Young Boys in the Europa League on Thursday and Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday.

    "I need to really start kicking on and showing what I can do. I'm still improving but I was delighted to get a start and I think I played some good stuff as well," Henderson, 22, says.


    Michael Robertson on Twitter: "Richard Whitehead. The iconic image from the Paralympics, and the most amazing win in the final of the 200m, last at 100, to win."

    John Sargent on Twitter: "A great list but glaring omissions - Victoria Pendleton, Laura Trott and Jade Jones are all brilliant and are personalities too."

    Let us know who you think should have been on the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist via #bbcsportsday or #bbcspoty on Twitter.

  68. 1307: 

    Manchester City head coach David Platt feels defender Matija Nastasic, 19, has adapted to the demands of Premier League football well since his summer move from Fiorentina.

    "West Ham played the diagonal balls towards Andy Carroll (in the Premier League match on 3 November) and I thought he acquitted himself exceptionally well," Platt says.

    "You get a lot in the Premier League that you don't get in Serie A and it shows there is an old head on young shoulders to adapt to that."


    Of the 12 contenders on the shortlist, there are eight Olympic and three Paralympic gold medal winners, and one golfer.

    Football is not represented for the third year running and of the 72 shortlisted contenders over the last seven years, only one has been a footballer - 2009 winner Ryan Giggs.

  70. 1258: 

    West Bromwich Albion central defender Jonas Olsson is an injury doubt for Wednesday's Premier League encounter with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

    The Swedish international suffered a calf injury during Saturday's 4-2 win at Sunderland.

    Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is set to return to training on Tuesday after missing the trip to the Stadium of Light with a hamstring injury.

  71. 1252: 

    Four professional golfers are successful in their case against the Asian Tour, forcing them to pay back fines and legal costs and let them play on the rival OneAsia circuit.

    Australia's Terry Pilkadaris and Matthew Griffin, Manila-based Dutchman Guido van der Valk and Malaysia's Anis Hassan won their year-long restraint of trade case at the Singapore High Court.

  72. 1245: 

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) are investigating former world and Olympic shot put champion Svetlana Krivelyova over a possible breach of doping rules at the 2004 Athens Games.

    Krivelyova was awarded the bronze medal in the women's shot put in Athens after her Russian team mate Irina Korzhanenko was stripped of her gold for failing a drugs test.

    "I'll just tell them to go to hell If they come and ask for my medal," Krivelyova, 43, says.


    Chris Pike on Twitter: "One key name has been missed. Five goals in eight games and subject of a personal camera to track his movements, Emile Heskey deserves it."

    Angela Law on Twitter: "Victoria Pendleton should have gotten a nomination surely? An amazing Olympics, to top off an incredible career!"

    Let us know who you think should have been on the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist via #bbcsportsday or #bbcspoty on Twitter.

  74. 1233: 

    Sarah Storey. Age: 35 Sport: Cycling. Storey's Paralympic career reached new heights in London as she added four cycling titles for a British record-equalling total of 11 gold medals. Sports Personality previous: First appearance.

    David Weir. Age: 33 Sport: Athletics. The wheelchair racer won a clean sweep of four gold medals at his home Paralympics to give him a career total of 10 medals. Sports Personality previous: First appearance.

    Bradley Wiggins. Age: 32 Sport: Cycling. Became the first British man to win the Tour de France, and then went on to claim the fourth Olympic gold medal of his career with victory in the men's time trial. Sports Personality previous: 9th 2008.

  75. 1228: 

    The WTA Tour has named Laura Robson as the 'newcomer of the year.'

    Robson, 18, beat former grand slam champions Kim Clijsters and Li Na to reach the fourth round of the US Open in September, and she also won an Olympic silver in the mixed doubles alongside Andy Murray.

    "I looked at the list of past winners and it's certainly a very impressive line-up that includes many of my idols growing up," Robson says.


    Richie Hampshire on Twitter: "Surely there has to be a mention for Carl Froch?

    Liam Redford on Twitter: "Ian Poulter should have been nominated, true British hero."

  77. 1217: 

    Olympic bronze medallist and former 400m freestyle world record holder Joanne Jackson announces her retirement from competitive swimming.

    "I'm now looking at new opportunities to start a Swim Academy and begin a brand new career in events," Jackson, 26, says.

  78. 1212: 

    Leeds manager Neil Warnock accepts an FA charge for improper conduct following his side's 1-0 defeat at Millwall earlier this month.

    Warnock was angered by referee Mark Halsey's dismissal of Luke Varney three minutes into the second half for an apparent elbow on Adam Smith.

  79. 1206: 

    Steven Finn finishes with 4-60 from 16 overs for England Performance Programme on his comeback from a thigh injury, on day one of a three-day game against the DY Patil Academy XI in Mumbai.

  80. 1201: 

    Rory McIlroy. Age: 23 Sport: Golf. Victory at the US PGA Championship was the second Major of the world number one's career and he also featured in Europe's Ryder Cup comeback victory over the United States. Sports Personality previous: 8th 2011.

    Andy Murray. Age: 25 Sport: Tennis. Murray won Olympic singles gold and silver in the mixed doubles before ending Britain's 76-year wait for a British major tennis champion by winning the US Open. Sports Personality previous: 5th 2011, shortlisted five previous times. 2004 Young Sports Personality.

    Ellie Simmonds. Age: 18 Sport: Swimming. Won two Paralympic swimming golds in London to add to the two titles she secured as a 14-year-old four years earlier. Sports Personality previous: 2008 Young Sports Personality.

  81. 1155: 

    Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom returns to the squad to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Wednesday after recovering from the knee injury that kept him out of the goalless draw with Swansea at the weekend.

    Wisdom, 19, could replace Stewart Downing, who played left-back at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

  82. 1149: 

    Steven Dougan on Twitter: "I agree with people backing Laura Trott for a spot but the thing is who do you drop out? Only so many places on a fabulous list."

    Steve Worrell on Twitter: "Hannah Cockcroft should definitely have been on the list. Totally owned the Paralympics."

    Steve Gibbs on Twitter: "My money's on John Terry trying to claim it!"

    Let us know who you think should have been on the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist via #bbcsportsday or #bbcspoty on Twitter.

  83. 1143: 

    West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke admits goalkeeper Ben Foster could face further surgery to cure his groin problem.

    Foster missed the last three games against Wigan, Sunderland and Swansea after an initial operation on the groin.

    "It is possible the Ben could need further surgery. If that is the case, it will be the same timescale as before, seven to 10 days," he says.

  84. 1137: 

    Sri Lanka ended the third day of the second Test against New Zealand in Colombo on 225 for six.

    Thilan Samaraweera was unbeaten on 76, as Sri Lanka recovered well from a precarious 43 for three in their reply to New Zealand's first innings score of 412.

  85. 1131: 

    Mo Farah. Age: 29 Sport: Athletics. First Briton - and only the seventh man in history - to win both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the same Olympic Games. Sports Personality previous: 3rd 2011.

    Katherine Grainger. Age: 37 Sport: Rowing. Finally gained an Olympic gold medal after three silvers at successive Games when she and Anna Watkins surged to victory in women's double sculls. Sports Personality previous: First appearance.

    Sir Chris Hoy. Age: 36 Sport: Cycling. Two cycling titles in the team sprint and keirin in London gave Hoy a British record in all - one more than rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave. Sports Personality previous: Winner 2008.

  86. 1125: 

    Matthew Merrett on Twitter: "Would've liked to see Laura Trott on the list. 2 world championships and 2 Olympic golds at 20 is incredible."

    Daniel Day on Twitter: "How can Laura Trott not be on the SPOTY list? Double gold medallist at the 2012 Olympics, World Championships and World Cup!"

    Let us know who you think should have been on the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist via #bbcsportsday or #bbcspoty on Twitter.

  87. 1118: 

    Nicola Adams. Age: 30. Sport: Boxing. The flyweight fought her way into the history books when becoming the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title. Sports Personality previous: First appearance.

    Ben Ainslie Age: 35. Sport: Sailing. Clinched his fourth straight gold medal to become the most decorated Olympic sailor in history. Announced retirement from Olympic sailing on Tuesday. Sports Personality previous: 4th 2008.

    Jessica Ennis. Age: 26. Sport: Athletics Set three personal bests in the seven events as she swept to gold in the Olympic heptathlon. Sports Personality previous: 3rd 2009, 2010.

  88. 1113: 

    Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez feels that Wednesday's opponents Manchester City are a more confident side after winning the Premier League title last season.

    "They are stronger than last year because they now have a winning mentality. It's one thing wanting to win a trophy and believing you can win a trophy, but it is another thing having the assurance of having won the trophy," he says.

    "If you look at this season they have not reached the level of last season but they still win football games."

  89. 1108: 

    2012 was a golden year for British sport, and BBC Director of Sport Barbara Slater admits that many worthy candidates failed to make the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.

    Let us know who you think should have been on the list via #bbcsportsday or #bbcspoty on Twitter.

  90. 1103: 

    The 12 contenders for the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year crown were announced on Monday, and you can relive their finest moments by watching this video on the BBC Sport website

    The event, at London's 15,000-capacity ExCeL on Sunday, 16 December, promises to be the biggest in the programme's 59-year history.

    The shortlist, which was compiled by an expert panel of sports specialists, is (alphabetical order): Nicola Adams, Ben Ainslie, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Katherine Grainger, Sir Chris Hoy, Rory McIIroy, Andy Murray, Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey, David Weir, Bradley Wiggins.

  91. 1057: 

    Midfielder Mark Noble is suspended for West Ham's game at Manchester United on Wednesday after accumulating five yellow cards.

    Left-back George McCartney is a doubt after suffering an ankle injury against Tottenham and midfielder Yossi Benayoun is still not available as he looks to overcome a thigh problem.

    Midfielder Jack Collison (knee) and forward Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) are also ruled out.

  92. 1055: 

    Manchester City defender Gael Clichy remains on the injury list as the Premier League champions travel to Wigan on Wednesday.

    The Frenchman has missed the last two matches with an ankle problem and is also unlikely to feature this weekend, but captain Vincent Kompany (knee) felt no ill effects after his 90-minute performance against Chelsea on Sunday.

    Midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) is making progress but not ready to feature, while right-back Micah Richards (knee) remains out.

  93. 1050: 

    On a more serious note, Arsene Wenger on newspaper reports linking Arsenal to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha: "We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad. He's not more on the list than anybody else."

  94. 1046: 

    Arsenal manager and Frenchman Arsene Wenger on Joey Barton's attempt at a French accent: "I haven't heard it but I'm not very optimistic about his performance."

  95. 1041: 

    France Galop stewards will meet on 4 December to decide what action to take against Frankie Dettori following his positive test for a banned substance.

    The medical commission of the ruling body of French racing last week imposed a following his positive test at Longchamp on 16 September.

    The commission forwarded its findings to the stewards for consideration and they will meet on Tuesday to discuss the case.


    Harry Redknapp takes charge of his first game as Queens Park Rangers manager tonight when the London club visit Sunderland. Can the former Tottenham manager turn things around at Loftus Road? Do you think he will be a success?

    Calum Macbeth on Twitter: "I reckon QPR will benefit from a 'new manager bounce' tonight and get their first win of the season at Sunderland"

    Dale Wright on Twitter: "Initially Redknapp will struggle to get results I think, but time and the transfer window are on his side. He'll keep them up"

    Rich Allen on Twitter: "QPR are the perfect club for Redknapp, he loves a challenge and if they start well tonight I think he can keep them up"

    Let us know what you think on Twitter via #bbcsportsday

  97. 1031: 

    Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has said that the club and the team remain behind manager Jose Mourinho in the wake of his recent outburst after defeat by Real Betis. "Jose Mourinho is the best coach we could have. I want him to keep coaching me," Alonso told Spanish newspaper Marca.

    However, Alonso refused to be drawn on his own future: "Right now, I'm not worrying about it or working on it. Everything in its own time," he said.

  98. 1025: 

    Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has called on the team's supporters to stick with the side. The Owls, who host Watford tonight, are currently in the bottom three of the Championship and Jones told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We've all got to stick together because it will turn.

    "It's no good booing the players or having a go at them because that just makes them frightened to get on the ball. The fans have been brilliant so far."

  99. 1021: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Theo Walcott is fit for Wednesday's trip to Goodison Park to face Everton. The winger has been out with a shoulder problem.

  100. 1017: 

    Red Bull designer Adrian Newey tells tells Germany's Die Welt he feared Sebastian Vettel's car could catch fire at any second after the collision with Bruno Senna in the first lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix which damaged the exhaust system.

  101. 1012: 

    Joey Barton is never shy of something to say, but have you ever heard him speak in a French accent? Check out the audio on the BBC Sport website of his post-match news conference after making his debut for Marseille in their 1-0 win over Lille.

    Barton, who joined Marseille on loan from QPR in August, has defended his accent on his Twitter account after receiving criticism from his followers.

    He wrote: "In my defence, it is very difficult to do a press conference in Scouse for a room full of French journalists. The alternative is to speak like an 'Allo Allo!' character. Its simply a case of you had to be there."

  102. 1005: 

    Stoke duo Michael Owen and Andy Wilkinson are likely to miss tomorrow's Premier League clash with Newcastle. Owen returned to training on Monday after a month out with a hamstring injury but Stoke are keen not to push the former England man too hard, while Wilkinson missed Saturday's victory over Fulham with a back problem

  103. 1000: 

    BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar reports: "The London Olympic park has been formally handed over from the games organisers to the company responsible for its transformation.

    "The London Legacy Development Corporation will spend the next 18 months, with a budget of around £300m, to clear away the temporary facilities, connect the park to the surrounding area, and complete the park's venues to their legacy designs.

    "The LLDC say the park will be re-opened in stages from July 2013. The legacy use of the main stadium has still to be decided, and isn't expected to re-open until 2015."

  104. 0954: 

    Thilan Samaraweera was edging towards a half-century as Sri Lanka looked to get their first innings on track on day three of the second Test against New Zealand.

    Having started the day on a precarious 43 for three, a solid 90-run partnership between Angelo Mathews (47) and Tharanga Paranavitana (40) gave the home side some hope before the pair were dismissed late in the morning session.

    However, an unbeaten 48 from Samaraweera helped Sri Lanka's recovery as they reached the tea interval on 177 for six, chasing down New Zealand's first-innings 412.

  105. 0949: 

    West Ham's Jewish co-chairman David Gold says the club will have a "zero tolerance" approach to any supporters found to have made anti-Semitic taunts.

    Two Hammers fans have accepted a police caution, and one of them has been given a lifetime ban from matches for gestures made at Tottenham on Sunday.

    Gold said: "We have a clear stance towards any kind of discriminatory behaviour - it will not be tolerated."

  106. 0946: 

    Here is a look at the 12 contenders for the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year crown with this nice video on the BBC Sport website

    The event, at London's 15,000-capacity ExCeL on Sunday, 16 December, promises to be the biggest in the programme's 59-year history after a golden summer of sport.

    The shortlist, which was compiled by an expert panel of sports specialists is (alphabetical order): Nicola Adams, Ben Ainslie, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Katherine Grainger, Sir Chris Hoy, Rory McIIroy, Andy Murray, Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey, David Weir, Bradley Wiggins.

  107. 0940: 

    Steven Finn has made a positive start for England Performance Programme squad against the DY Patil Academy. The bowler is recovering from a thigh strain in a bid to be fit for England's third Test with India on Friday and took three wickets in two early spells.

  108. 0934:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Michael Owen on BBC Radio 5 live's Monday Night Club discussing the current decline in strikers at top teams: "The biggest change is that full-backs are now attacking weapons and you've replaced them [in defence] with sitting midfielders."

    You can listen back to this week's Monday Night Club, presented by Mark Chapman, on the BBC website here.


    Harry Redknapp takes charge of his first game as Queens Park Rangers manager tonight when the London club visit Sunderland. Can the former Tottenham manager turn things around at Loftus Road? Do you think he will be a success?

    Keith McCormack on Twitter: "I think that Harry will turn things around; might still be bottom three by new year, but he has the experience to keep them up"

    Let us know what you think on Twitter via #bbcsportsday

  110. 0924: 

    Injury-hit Wigan will give fitness tests to forward Shaun Maloney (groin) and defender Gary Caldwell (hamstring) ahead of their Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday. Defender Ivan Ramis (hamstring) is unlikely to feature after being forced off against Reading last weekend, but midfielder James McArthur and striker Franco di Santo are back in contention after coming off the bench in that game.

  111. 0917: 

    Australia coach Mickey Arthur is adamant Ricky Ponting has the unanimous backing of selectors and will not be axed this summer. Ponting has mustered just 20 runs in the two Tests against South Africa but made the cut for the final clash with the Proteas in Perth starting on Friday.

    But what will be most reassuring for the under-siege veteran was Arthur's indication that he wanted the right-hander for the 2013 Ashes tour in June.

    "At the moment Ricky Ponting has the unanimous backing of the selection panel...we want Ricky Ponting to go to the Ashes, there is no doubt about that," Arthur said. "We want Ricky Ponting certainly around for the next six months."

  112. 0912:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    BBC Radio 5 live has live commentary of tonight's meeting between Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers at the Stadium of Light. It will be Harry Redknapp's first game in charge of the London side since replacing Mark Hughes last week. The former Tottenham manager will want to get off a winning start as he looks to drag QPR out of the drop zone while Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is also desperate for a win. The game kicks off at 19:45 GMT with build-up from 19:00 with Mark Pougatch.

  113. 0904: 

    Chris Coleman has admitted he was reluctant to take the Wales job following the death of Gary Speed.

    Speed was found hanged at his home in November 2011 and former international team-mate Coleman was appointed manager two months later.

    "I always wanted to do the job but not under these circumstances," he said. "I was a little bit sceptical when it came my way. I knew it would be tough because of the emotion attached to it."

  114. 0900: 

    Here is a look at the 12 contenders for the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year crown in this nice video on the BBC Sport website.

    The event, at London's 15,000-capacity ExCeL on Sunday, 16 December, promises to be the biggest in the programme's 59-year history after a golden summer of sport.

    The shortlist, which was compiled by an expert panel of sports specialists is (alphabetical order): Nicola Adams, Ben Ainslie, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Katherine Grainger, Sir Chris Hoy, Rory McIIroy, Andy Murray, Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey, David Weir, Bradley Wiggins.


    Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Twitter: "Thoughts with Gary Speed's family one year on from his passing. Sadly missed by the game he served with such distinction"

  116. 0850: 

    India are to stick with the same players who lost the second Test to England, when the third match of four gets under way in Kolkata next week. The selectors have kept faith with 15 of the squad from which they chose their team in Mumbai, where they lost by 10 wickets on Monday.

  117. 0846: 

    British sailor Ben Ainslie will not bid for a fifth Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games and will instead focus on his Americas Cup campaign.

    Speaking about Team GB repeating their London 2012 success in Rio, Ainslie told BBC Radio 5 live: "It is going to be hard because it was such a special moment competing at a home Olympics. It is hard to get any better than that. One of the biggest things of the summer was the announcement that we wanted to the first team to improve on our results following a home games."


    Harry Redknapp takes charge of his first game as Queens Park Rangers manager tonight when the London club visit Sunderland. Can the former Tottenham manager turn things around at Loftus Road? Do you think he will be a success? Let us know what you think on Twitter via #bbcsportsday

  119. 0834: 

    The father of late Wales manager Gary Speed has told how an "overwhelming" outpouring of tributes from across the world have helped the family cope on the anniversary of his death. The former Leeds, Everton and Newcastle footballer died on 27 November 2011 at the age of 42.

    "We still don't believe, we're still wondering why; he had the world at his feet, it's been a hell of a 12 months," Roger Speed told BBC Wales.

  120. 0831: 

    Squash is hoping to make it third time lucky as it bids for a place at the 2020 Olympic Games. The sport is showcasing itself to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Hong Kong Open, which starts on Wednesday, after failing to make it to London 2012 and Rio 2016.

    "This is a lot more of a winnable race than it has been before," Alex Gough, chief executive of the Professional Squash Association, told BBC Sport.

  121. 0826: 

    Harry Redknapp takes charge of his first game as Queens Park Rangers manager tonight when the London club visit Sunderland. Former Portsmouth defender Linvoy Primus, who worked with Redknapp at the south coast side, has backed his former boss to get a reaction out of the QPR players.

    "Sometimes it takes a little change in what the players expect to get a little reaction," Primus told BBC Radio 5 live. "He has stated already the 11 players he puts out has to get a result and that there is no room for egos."

  122. 0820: 

    The shortlist for the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year was announced on Monday. The shortlist, which was compiled by an expert panel of sports specialists is (alphabetical order): Nicola Adams, Ben Ainslie, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Katherine Grainger, Sir Chris Hoy, Rory McIIroy, Andy Murray, Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey, David Weir, Bradley Wiggins.

  123. 0816: 

    Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck met with referee Mark Clattenburg at St George's Park on Monday in a bid to smooth over relations after the official was cleared of using "inappropriate language" towards Blues midfielder John Obi Mikel.

  124. 0812: 

    British sailor Ben Ainslie will not bid for a fifth Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games and will instead focus on his Americas Cup campaign.

    On retiring from Olympics because the Star class has been axed from Rio 2016, Ainslie told BBC Radio 5 live: "I was really waiting to see which classes were selected for 2016 and the sail class was perhaps the class I could have sailed in although Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson would be tough competitors."

  125. 0804: 

    We start with the top three stories from Tuesday's BBC football gossip page.

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up a move from QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt, 23. (the Sun)

    Ferguson is also focusing his attention on £15m Everton defender Leighton Baines, 27, after opting not to try to sign 31-year-old Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole. (Daily Mail)

    Chelsea held peace talks with referee Mark Clattenburg, 37, on Monday and the official could referee Blues' games in the future. (The Times)

  126. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday Live on Tuesday, 27 November. The main news this morning is that four-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie has retired from Olympic sailing. There is also the build-up to tonight's Premier League action as Harry Redknapp takes charge of his first game with Queens Park Rangers while Aston Villa also host Reading. There will be the usual breaking sports news as it happens.

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